New Riverdale construction project has residents worried about inconveniences

(08/15/04) RIVERDALE - With the memories of a lengthy nearby retaining wall project fresh in their minds, some Bronx residents are worried about the disruptions a new undertaking may cause to their everyday life.

The Department of Design and Construction (DDC) plans on starting a major nine-month construction project from Johnson and Irwin Avenues between Kappock and West 230th Streets. Along with building a new retaining wall along Johnson Avenue, the DDC plans to bring new sewers, gas mains, lights and wider sidewalks to residents with the project.

The head of the community board says residents will benefit from the project once it is completed. However, some people living in Riverdale are worried about the inconveniences they may experience during the construction period.

Even though the DDC says traffic will be kept at a minimum during construction, residents are concerned about periods when the water may have to be temporarily turned off. They say this could cause problems during the winter.

Members of the community board say they will work closely with the DDC to ensure the project stays within its nine-month timeframe. According to city officials, the work will be done in stages to help keep inconveniences to residents at a minimum.

City officials say construction will take place on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The project is set to begin later this week.

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